Mobile

Traditional text messages may (finally) be getting an overhaul. In June, Google announced that it will allow Android users in the UK and France to opt in to Rich Communication Services (RCS), the new texting standard intended to replace the current SMS protocol. That's a step forward for RCS, which has been off to a slow start, but it's not likely to mean much for consumers or marketers yet.

eMarketer forecasting director Shelleen Shum breaks down our forecast for South Korean smartphone users, including what affected our recently raised projections.

eMarketer principal analyst Nicole Perrin explains whether Facebook’s updated political advertising rules can sufficiently combat misinformation ahead of the next election cycle. She also discusses Fitbit’s new subscription services, a paper about radicalization on YouTube and a new Google Maps feature that lets users pair transit directions with biking and ride-sharing options.

eMarketer vice president of forecasting Monica Peart shares our tablet usage numbers for the UK, including a breakdown on the device’s most popular age group.

eMarketer vice president of forecasting Monica Peart shares why we’ve lowered our tablet usage figures for internet users in France and where they’re now spending most of their time.

eMarketer principal analyst Yory Wurmser explains why Huawei is rolling out a proprietary open-source operating system, the iPhone sales slowdown, Uber’s imminent need to turn things around and how Google is making it easier for users to navigate walking directions with the help of augmented reality.

Straddling the analogue and digital divide, Xers are readily reachable by marketers, but they can be picky when it comes to where and how they want to interact with ads. We spoke with demographics thought-leaders about this generation’s device and media usage.

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin discuss a new bill banning autoplay video, the details of the Capital One hack, why a drone fell out of the sky and more.